Buxton The Hero
Attendance: 33, 010
A scrappy East Midlands derby ended in dramatic fashion when Jake Buxton turned home a Ben Davies freekick three minutes into added time to give Derby County a 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest and complete the season double for his side. Forest came to Pride Park looking to stop their opponents from finding their rhythm and their plan worked well in a first half of little quality and fewer chances. After an early scare in the opening stages of the second half any attacking threat was coming from Nigel Clough`s side with a number of Ben Davies freekicks causing problems at the back with Jason Shackell and substitute Jake Buxton both going close. Marcus Tudgay was sent-off in the last minute of normal time and the fourth official signalled eight minutes of injury time after Shaun Barker had been carried off on a stretcher earlier in the half. With three minutes of the time elapsed another freekick from Ben Davies was met by Buxton and his effort found the bottom corner of the net amidst wild celebrations from the Derby fans.
Nathan Tyson came in to face his former side and Gareth Roberts also came back into the team as Nigel Clough made two changes to his side ahead of this encounter. The game set off at a high tempo with neither side settling on the ball and there were freekicks at either end, from Andy Reid and Ben Davies, that came to nothing in a frantic start. Steve Davies was booked for a foul on Reid that saw tensions start to rise between the sides and this was quickly followed by cautions for Adlene Guedioura and Guy Moussi.
Forest were intent on not letting The Rams play closing them down well before launching a number of long balls into the corners to prevent Derby from getting their game going. Steve Davies flicked a Paul Green cross wide of the mark under pressure from Joel Lynch in a rare opening and Marcus Tudgay should have done better at the other end when a mix-up involving Shaun Barker and Jason Shackell gave he former Derby striker a chance on the edge of the are but his effort sailed harmlessly over the top. Craig Bryson dragged an effort wide after good work by Tyson in the closing moments of a half that hadn`t seen much football being played.
The visitors created an opportunity in the opening minutes of the second period when Frank Fielding punched a freekick clear but Moussi could only fire his effort straight as Fielding. Tyson cut in from the right and fired an effort just wide of the near post as Derby again took the upper hand and Ben Davies` freekick from the left managed to avoid everyone before being clawed out by Camp. Tyson was involved again in a major flashpoint when he was hauled down by Dexter Blackstock in full flight which lead to all twenty-two players getting involved and the former Rams loanee picking up a booking for his challenge.
Fielding did well to turn away a cross from Gareth McCleary but collided with Barker in the process and the Derby skipper stayed down with a knee injury before he was stretchered off in some discomfort to be replaced by Jake Buxton. The former Burton Albion defender was involved almost immediately when he got his head to another Ben Davies freekick only for the ball to be hacked away from foal and Shackell then fired straight at Camp from close range as the ball fell to him in the area. Tudgay received a second yellow card after lunging in on Green and with eight minutes of added time signalled The Rams` tails were up with all the pressure coming from the men in white. Thee minutes into the additional time a freekick from Ben Davies wide on the left picked out Buxton and his effort found the bottom corner of Camp`s goal to give his side the win.
Derby County: Fielding; Green, Barker (Buxton 75), Shackell, Roberts; Tyson, Hendrick, Bryson, B. Davies; Robinson, S. Davies (Ball 90).
Subs Not Used: Legzdins, Bailey, Carroll.
Nottingham Forest: Camp; Gunter, Lynch, Chambers, Cunningham; McCleary, Moussi, Guedioura (Greening 56), Reid (Wootton 90); Tudgay, Blackstock (Miller 75).
Subs Not Used: Smith, McGugan.